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Can I catch Ringworm from gardening?
 
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Ringworm is acquired from the soil, so it is very possible to contract it while gardening.

 

Ringworm Facts

  • Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that will trouble animals and people, and is prevalent in many different types.
  • Ringworm can be passed aroundby spores given off from the fungus, and is difficult to get rid of and spreads quickly.
  • The fungus itself is responsible for many similar conditions, athlete�s foot among them, and it is not vital for one to one contact to prolong the disease.
  • Ringworm may be found on different parts of the body and shows itself in various ways.
  • When ringworm is seen on the body is will be as a flat and round mark that hurts and irritates, and on the foot the signs are scaling and breaking of the skin
  • Ringworm can also harmour nails, where it causes them to harden and discolour, and often become brittle.
  • Any marking or alteration in the look of the skin can be a sign of ringworm, and it will become more easily noticed between four and ten days of being afflicted by the spore.
  • Ringworm is easily spread and, therefore, very easy to spread, and can be passed on in lots of ways.
  • By coming into contact with one who is already carrying ringworm a person can easily be infected, and likewise, by touching animals that carry the fungus.
  • Ringworm is prevalent in cats and dogs, and also in farm animals, and young cats in particular transfer the fungus by rubbing against other cats and people.
  • Ringworm is known to spread from the floors of showers - in particular public venues used by a number of people - as the fungus breeds in damp areas.
  • The initial step to take in treating ringworm is to keep any contact with a carrier to the minimum,
  • In addition it is important that any ringworm treatments are seen to run their course, as courses of ringworm treatment are designed to be effective over a set time.
  • Expecting the ringworm has gone and finishing before that time can invite it to come back.
  • It is vital that a carrier is given the right treatment, as leaving ringworm to simply go away extends the period over which it can be spread among others.
  • Sound advice is that we should not share personal items that can spread ringworm; hair brushes and combs, towels and hygiene items,
  • Items of clothing and in particular hats should not be shared with other people, in particular if there is a existing ringworm incidence already.
  • If a dog or cat with ringworm is the patient then have it treated and keep contact to the least, in particular cats who are the most likely to spread the fungus.
  • There exist many treatments available for ringworm, and these range from creams and lotions to sprays and washes.
  • The most successful solutions for ringworm are those that use attention to detail and eradication of the growth of the fungus.
  • To prevent ringworm, towels and other bathing flannels are cleaned regularly and replaced with new items on a common basis.
  • Ringworm can become widespread if left to get out of control, and remember that it is not needed to touch an affected animal or person to become infected.

Last update: 05:39 PM Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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